Employability in Schools/Post-16
Employers play a vital role in helping young people develop their employability skills so that they are better prepared to enter the world of work.
The My Future, My Choice, My Island & Beyond (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) Strategy for Education Services outlines eight benchmarks of good practice for schools/Post-16 to work towards. These include:
1. A Stable Careers Programme
2. Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
3. Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
4. Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
5. Encounters with Employers and Employees
6. Experience of Workplaces
7. Encounters with Further and Higher Education
8. Personal Guidance
Engagement with employers will be essential in preparing young people and developing good practice in a school/Post-16.
The My Future, My Choice, My Island & Beyond also provides a Framework of learning outcomes for careers, employability and enterprise education as a practical resource for schools/Post-16.
What are Employability Skills?
Employability Skills [557kb]
From the student perspective, an employer delivering a session about employability will usually have a greater impact than a teacher. Schools/Post-16 are keen to work closely with employers to ensure that young people are developing the right skills.
From an employer perspective, helping to raise aspirations and encourage the development of employability skills means that employers will benefit from a more skilled and motivated workforce for the future.
Employers can help out in a number of ways and many employers already support the Work Experience programme through GWEx. Have a look at the Employability Menu which is running at the moment for schools/Post-16 to get an idea of how employers are getting involved.
Employability Menu [2Mb]
If you would like to get involved and support young people, please get in touch. The Employability Menu is unlimited so if you have an idea of what you would like to help out with and deliver, let us know! Even if you don't know what you might like to deliver, but you just want to help out please get in touch too!